What Does $25 Million Buy Around the World?

What Does $25 Million Buy Around the World?

Luxury Defined tours seven international homes priced in the neighborhood of $25 million

    

What does it cost for a luxury beachfront villa or ski chalet in one of the world’s top resorts? How about an elegant apartment next to a royal palace in, say, Monte Carlo or London? Well, for $25 million, or thereabouts, home buyers can live like royalty. The diverse range of properties at this price point include these palatial homes and more. Those who prefer to escape the city might consider a modernist ranch in California or Colorado, or a refined waterfront lifestyle in a serene villa on Lake Lugano, Switzerland, all designed by prominent architects. Here, we find out what and, perhaps even more importantly, where $25 million gets you.

Bespoke Residence in Royal St. James’s, London, England

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An unrivaled location, bordering St. James’s Palace in the heart of London, and five-star services and amenities set this trophy residence apart.

St. James’s House is a magnificent Grade II*-listed building, superbly located in the heart of London’s most prestigious and historic district, close to Buckingham Palace. One of its finest residences is the Clarence. Finished and furnished to the highest level of specification by renowned interior designer Katherine Pooley, the elegant four-bedroom home affords views toward London’s West End and neighboring St. James’s Palace. The impeccable services and facilities of St. James’s House include 24-hour concierge, valet services, an underground car park, residents’ gym, pool and spa, and even lifestyle management.

Lakefront Villa in Caslano, Switzerland

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A refined waterside lifestyle awaits at Piccola Venezia, a grand 2.4-acre estate on Lake Lugano, where landscaped grounds feature a private lagoon, prime lake frontage, and a sandy beach.

Known as Piccola Venezia, meaning Little Venice, this enchanting estate on Lake Lugano has five key buildings: a primary villa, three guest houses, and a boathouse. The structures have been thoughtfully conceived and designed to work in harmony with their breathtaking backdrop of Monte Caslano Natural Park. A serene, private lagoon, which flows in from the lake, is a unique feature of the estate, as is the vast swimming pool. The lovely, landscaped gardens are punctuated with sculptures and fountains, and offer private beach access on Lake Lugano. A Pedrazzini-Mahogany speedboat is included in the purchase.

Oceanfront Estate in Vero Beach, Florida

Oceanfront Estate in Vero Beach, Florida
Four luxurious dwellings and seven acres of resort-inspired grounds create the ultimate oceanfront retreat in Vero Beach, Florida.

This sensational seven-acre oceanfront estate in Vero Beach, Florida, takes its inspiration from the architecture of France’s Côté Sud. Built in 2018, the ultra-luxurious, ultra-private beachfront compound comprises four dwellings: the great house, pool house, carriage house, and guest house, and exquisite gardens with a magnificent resort-style pool. The estate is offered in immaculate, turnkey condition and features high-tech and eco-friendly design elements, including Smart House technology and geothermal air conditioning.

Modernist Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe, California

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This one-of-a-kind mid-century equestrian compound is one of the largest private parcels currently available in the Covenant, San Diego County’s most exclusive enclave.

With more than 60 acres, Del Dios Ranch is one of the largest tracts in coveted Ranch Santa Fe, California. The magnificent main residence, a redwood, glass, and marble structure, with foundations and framework of poured-in-place concrete, was designed from 1969 to 1972 by noted modernist architect Fred Briggs, with interiors by mid-century modern maestro Arthur Elrod. An entire wing of the house is dedicated to the indoor pool and spa, while the master suite occupies a private second level. Three en suite bedrooms are in a separate first-floor wing. The home commands 360-degree views from a private hilltop. The grounds include a guest house, tennis court, equestrian facilities, a lake, and Valencia orange groves.

Coastal Villa in Ibiza, Spain

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This lavish Ibizan villa, steps from Cala Jondal Beach, includes 25 bedrooms, (11 for the staff), and 17 bathrooms (5 for the staff).

Can Cascade is a unique luxury villa with 25 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, and idyllic indoor-outdoor living spaces with breathtaking sea views. The villa is divided into a main house and two guest houses. The lavish amenities include a master suite with fireplace, dressing room, and private terrace; a fitness center, a cascading pool with Jacuzzi; and, a private nightclub with capacity for 150 people. The tranquil grounds offer sweeping views of Cala Jondal Beach and include a tiki bar, chill-out areas, dining patios, and lush Mediterranean gardens.

Harbor-View Penthouse in Monte Carlo, Monaco

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Encompassing more than 5,000 square feet over two levels, this palatial penthouse in Monte Carlo features a roof deck with picture-perfect views of Larvotto Beach and the Mediterranean Sea.

This designer duplex penthouse has a prestigious location in a luxury building overlooking Monte Carlo’s Larvotto Beach. The residence underwent meticulous renovation by Belgium interior designer Francois Marcq. The main floor comprises an elegant living/dining room, a contemporary kitchen, and the private quarters, which include a lavish master suite with a dressing room and seafront terrace, an en suite bedroom, and two guest rooms. A sculptural staircase ascends to the upper level where a grand living room opens to a private roof deck with a heated pool, alfresco dining area, and solarium. The residence is offered with full furnishings and décor, and includes two storage cellars and two garage parking spaces.

Contemporary Marvel in Telluride, Colorado

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Sunset Ridge’s setting can only be described as awe-inspiring—cliffside, on a private peninsula with a breathtaking panorama of the Rocky Mountains.

Perched cliffside on a private peninsula, with one of the most spectacular views in the Rocky Mountains, Sunset Ridge is just minutes from Telluride, the historic Old West town and top-ranked ski resort. Defined by its dramatic rooflines and bold, linear architecture, Sunset Ridge was designed by its current owner and renowned Aspen architect Bill Poss not only to frame the mountain views, but seemingly to integrate the mountains into the structure itself—an effect magnificently achieved. The contemporary living spaces flow out to balconies and terraces, ideal for grand-scale entertaining. There are seven bedrooms, eight full and two half-bathrooms. Finishes, appointments, and custom furniture were globally sourced by the design team.

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Lucy Carsen
Christie’s International Real Estate

 

 

FIVE SHINING OLYMPIC MOMENTS

As the Summer Games commence in Rio this month, here is a look at past events still cemented in sports history

Every Olympics has its stars and memorable takeaways and the Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be no exception. The world will watch Michael Phelps attempt to swim to further glory, rightly claiming the title of Best Swimmer Ever. The Fastest Human Ever, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, will be the joining Phelps at theses Games. After an injury scare earlier this summer, Bolt announced that he would be competing, and sports enthusiasts around the globe sighed in relief.

That said, there are Olympic moments that transcend time and continue to resonate. Here are our top five:

1) Rome, 1960

A brash, young boxer by the name of Cassius Clay from Louisville, Kentucky, all of 18 years old, quite literally pounded the international competition to claim the gold in the light-heavyweight division. Thirty-six years later, in Atlanta, Mohammad Ali — then a 10-time heavyweight champion as well as an eloquent spokesman for civil and religious rights, now battling Parkinson’s Disease — took to the Olympic stage one more time to face perhaps his most daunting challenge. The applause thundered and eyes welled worldwide as, despite all odds, Mohammad Ali’s failing body and shaking hands lit the Olympic Torch.

In Rome, Ali also surpassed all athletes in the time-honored tradition of trading national pins. He loved nothing more than walking through the Olympic Village to meet people from around the world, proving that he was an ambassador before he knew he was one. Ali went home after the 1960 Games to encounter Jim Crow laws in his home state. Even after bringing honor to the U.S. with this Olympic gold, he couldn’t dine in the same restaurants with whites. That experience forged his tireless advocacy for his race, and next, his newly discovered Muslim religion, and also his vehement objection to the war in Vietnam. In the end, his support for all races and cultures was universal. He was a humanitarian.

We cannot close this sport chapter without acknowledging Ali’s oratory talents. His comments were genius, for example: “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”

Mohammad Ali passed away in June.

Mohammad Ali the stole the limelight in 1960 and continued to dominate it over the next six decades.
Mohammad Ali the stole the limelight in 1960 and continued to dominate it over the next six decades.

2) Montreal, 1976

Way back in 1976, one was hard-pressed not to see Bruce Jenner’s face peering off a magazine cover, not to mention a Wheatie’s cereal box, after his record-setting win in the Olympic decathlon. The victory came at the height of the Cold War. Russian Nikolay Avilov was the 1972 gold medalist, an event long dominated by the U.S. and such iconic athletes as Rafer Johnson, Bob Mathias and Jim Thorpe. Jenner won back the title for the U.S. and in doing so, ascended into the firmament of Olympic greatness.

The Olympic Stadium in Montreal
The Olympic Stadium in Montreal
Jenner didn’t just win the decathlon, he broke the previous Olympic mark. No, he didn’t just break the previous mark, he pretty much annihilated it, by 164 points. Jenner then jogged gloriously around Stade Olympique as his competitors, prone in utter exhaustion, littered the track after the event’s 10th competition, the 1,500-meter race. The winner of the Olympic decathlon is typically bestowed the title of “World’s Greatest Athlete.” On that day, Jenner claimed it as his own.

The Decathlon will once again determine the Greatest Athlete of this Olympics.
The Decathlon will once again determine the Greatest Athlete of this Olympics.

Forty years later, after a turn in reality TV, Jenner publically transformed into Caitlyn Jenner, becoming the most famous transgender woman in the world and another champion — one for the rights of the LGBT community.

3) Los Angeles, 1984

These games were a supernova of Olympic star accomplishments – Mary Lou Retton’s All-Around Gymnastic Gold among the most notable – but no achievement shines brighter than Joan Benoit’s win in the first ever women’s Olympic marathon.

Women were finally given the opportunity to compete in the grueling 26.2-mile race, having been allowed to compete at the iconic New York Marathon since 1970. It was due time. Joan Benoit, small in stature but with the heart of a warrior, lined up with the rest of the field in gray uniform that looked a little too big and donning a quirky white cap. She had spent the time leading up to the trials recovering from knee surgery and relentlessly pedaling a stationary bike to keep in shape. It was almost unthinkable that she was in the field at all.

Benoit had begun to distance herself from the field by the first water station. The distance opened and soon television cameras couldn’t capture the leader and the field in the same frame. And still the distance opened, with Benoit, whose own mother described her as a little gray mouse, leaving the long-legged thoroughbreds in her wake. She won by more than four minutes. Four minutes? Enough time to enjoy a coffee and scan the newspaper. Second place went to Sweden’s Grete Waitz, widely considered among the best distance runners of her generation. Benoit’s field of competitors was world-class and she bested them all with grit and perseverance, thereby vaulting women’s running into the mainstream.

Track and Field, which includes the Marathon, will be a headliner event in Rio.
Track and Field, which includes the Marathon, will be a headliner event in Rio.

4) Barcelona, 1992

The U.S. Dream Team burst onto the scene in Spain, mounting a full court press of awe and athletic star power that continues to amaze. This was the first team of NBA players to compete in an Olympics following a rule change previously banning professionals on the Olympic basketball court. The motivation for the rule change was to up the level of Olympic play, and boy, these gods of hoops certainly dazzled.

The Dream Team still stands as the greatest sport team ever assembled in any sport. Superstars Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, who had just tested positive for HIV, formed the nucleus showcasing their competitiveness and wizardry at every turn. Add to that the thunder dunks of Charles Barkley and Karl Malone and the precision passing of John Stockton and opponents didn’t have a prayer – and few seemed to care.

The Barcelona Olympic Stadium
The Barcelona Olympic Stadium

Charles Barkley was a mainstay at the Olympic Village, much like Ali some 30 years prior. Like a gigantic Pied Piper, throngs of camera-toting fans followed him about and he achieved U.S. ambassador status by happily posing or providing autographs. There is a famous story, posted on the NBA website, of an opposing player in an early round guarding Magic and waving desperately at his teammates on the bench to get an action shot of the two of them. The Dream Team scored an average of 44 points over their opponents; rather than hanging their heads in defeat, the losing team only wanted autographs from the victors. At the medal ceremony, these seasoned pros with multiple NBA championship rings between them, jumped and laughed like giddy school kids, underscoring the power of the Olympic spirit and just how perfectly the game of basketball can be played when the world’s finest are assembled on one team.

The 1992 Dream Team brought basketball into international prominence.
The 1992 Dream Team brought basketball into international prominence.

5) London, 2012

It is hard to compete with an Olympiad that opened with the Queen Mother parachuting out of a chopper with Daniel Craig as the James Bond theme played, saw the Spice Girls reunited and then closed with Sir Paul McCartney singing “Hey, Jude.”

Athletes still commanded the spotlight. For the first time ever, at the London Games, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Brunei entered female athletes. Women’s boxing was included for the first time, distinguishing these Games as the first where females competed in all events. These were also the first Olympics where every participating country included female athletes. Quite a statement.

In London, women’s boxing made its debut as an Olympic event.
In London, women’s boxing made its debut as an Olympic event.

In London, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, earning his 22nd medal. The fastest human ever, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, gifted with a surname that captures his speed, amazed once again by claiming the gold at the 100, 200 and 4×100 meter relay. He became the first man in modern Olympics to win six gold medals in sprinting and win the 10 and 200-meter titles at consecutive Games.  Both Phelps and Bolt are scheduled to compete in Rio so stay tuned.

This property in Hawaii has a built-in Michael Phelps swim spa. Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas by Master Spas were developed with input from 18-time gold medalist Michael Phelps and his coach Bob Bowman for all types of training, swimming, fitness programs and aquatic therapy. It features a unique propeller design that provides a wide, deep and smooth current — giving you a swimming experience that is far superior to any other swim spa. The Michael Phelps Swim Spa is energy efficient and has digital controls allowing you to set the water temperature where it’s most comfortable.
This property in Hawaii has a built-in Michael Phelps swim spa. Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas by Master Spas were developed with input from 18-time gold medalist Michael Phelps and his coach Bob Bowman for all types of training, swimming, fitness programs and aquatic therapy. It features a unique propeller design that provides a wide, deep and smooth current — giving you a swimming experience that is far superior to any other swim spa. The Michael Phelps Swim Spa is energy efficient and has digital controls allowing you to set the water temperature where it’s most comfortable.
*Fuente: Luxury Defined

Adelante: conozca las seis mansiones más caras de la Florida

MIAMI.- Si tiene entre 35 y 60 millones de dólares, tal vez le interese conocer cuáles son las posibilidades para su nueva casa.

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MIAMI.- El estado de la Florida es famoso en todo el mundo por ser la capital de los cruceros, de la diversión, del Sol pero también de las mansiones de ricos y famosos que encuentran aquí un paraíso para disfrutar de sus fortunas.

Las seis mansiones más caras de la Florida se encuentran entre los 35 y 65 millones de dólares y todas tienen acceso al mar. Si les interesa alguna de ellas les cuento que tienen entre seis y nueve cuartos además de lujosas y extravagantes amenidades sin contar los taxes o impuestos anuales que en el caso de la más cara ascendieron a 279 mil 899 dólares en el 2013.

#La Romántica– Precio: $35,000,000     Dirección: 110 Arvida Pkwy, Coral Gables, FL 33156    Cuartos: 6    Baños: 9.5   Dimensión: 12,756 pies cuadrados   Taxes: $ 98,584   Año: 1993

#Casa Avatar–   Precio:      36,000,000   Dirección: 699 Ocean Blvd, Golden Beach, FL 33160   Cuartos: 8   Baños: 10.5   Dimensión: 4,419 pies cuadrados   Taxes: EXEMPTION   Año: 2014

  

# Casa Moderna– Precio: 37,000,000   Dirección: 5446 N Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33140   Cuartos: 8   Baños: 9   Dimensión: 13,000 pies cuadrados   Taxes: $179,606   Año: 2014

#La Rústica– Precio: 40,000,000   Dirección: 5800 N Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33140   Cuartos: 7   Baños: 9.5   Dimensión: 12,153 pies cuadrados   Taxes: $209,785   Año: 1929


# Perfecta para los amantes de animales–   Precio: 45,000,000   Dirección: 40 Star Island Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139   Cuartos: 7   Baños: 6   Dimensión: 87,991 pies cuadrados   Taxes: $220, 981   Año: 1925

#Para los amantes del sol-   Precio: 60,000,000   Dirección: 775 S Mashta Dr, Key Biscayne, FL 33149   Cuartos: 6   Baños: 8   Dimensión: 11,588 pies cuadrados   Taxes: $ 128,153   Año: 1991

* Adriel Reyes. Realtor y periodista, combina sus dos pasiones ayudando a la comunidad hispana a través de su propia revista digital, Real Estate Hispanos, dedicada fundamentalmente a ofrecer noticias y asesoría sobre bienes raíces en español. Tiene contactos en todas las ramificaciones del Real Estate: Asociación de Realtors de Miami, abogados, prestamistas, desarrolladores, compañías de título, diseñadores, entre otros. Puede contactarle escribiéndole a su email: reyesgonzalezadriel@gmail.com o dejándole un comentario en esta sección.

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La Villa Mairea: integración con paisaje y cultura

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La Villa Mairea, ubicada en la localidad de Noormarkku, en Finlandia, es una casa de campo diseñada por uno de los arquitectos más influyentes del siglo XX, el finlandés Alvar Aalto. La vivienda cuya construcción se llevó a cabo de 1937 a 1940, se levanta en medio del bosque, y como muchas de las obras de Alto, es un paradigma de la arquitectura ecológica.

El proyecto, se realizó por solicitud de una pareja de empresarios de la madera, Harry y Maire Gullichsen, quienes desde el principio le solicitaron a Aalto fuera una estructura experimental. La vivienda representó para Aalto, todo un desafío estético, ya que su diseño rompe con la rigidez de las formas derivadas del racionalismo, mediante trazos más suaves que responden a la arquitectura tradicional finlandesa y que se integran mejor al paisaje.

El programa arquitectónico fue distribuido en una planta con forma de L, con un cuerpo independiente: el sauna, algo apartado y ligado a una alberca al aire libre. Ese gesto es reforzado por un grueso muro de piedra local que define una nueva “L”, completando el lado este y el norte por detrás del sauna. Por fuera de esa línea se sitúa la zona de servicios.

Inicialmente la casa tenía dos accesos, uno para el estudio y otro para la casa propiamente dicha; finalmente Aalto decide situar el acceso hacia el sur, por delante del encuentro entre el ala este y la sala de estar y lo hace mediante una contundente marquesina que se extiende hacia delante describiendo un gesto envolvente. Al entrar a la casa, un muro escalonado y de curvatura asimétrica, sobre el que se insertan unas columnillas de madera a modo de filtro visual, define los dos movimientos posibles, hacia la sala de estar o hacia la cocina.

En la planta alta están los dormitorios orientados a sur, una sala de estar familiar y unas terrazas a sur y norte. El espacio principal de la casa es un cuadrado diáfano de 250 metros cuadrados, divisible mediante muebles y tabiques móviles. Todos los muebles fueron diseñados especialmente para la casa por Alvar Aalto y su primera esposa, ino. Aalto utiliza una estructura de pilares metálicos que enfunda con distintos diseños de fibras vegetales, alejando la posibilidad de contacto frío con el cuerpo.

Asimismo, utiliza con profusión el mismo tipo de columnilla de madera que actúa a veces estructuralmente y a veces, como simple filtro visual generando un interesante juego perceptivo con los troncos de los árboles del bosque que rodea la casa.

El proyecto de Aalto presta cuidadosa atención al paisaje que lo rodea, que tiene continuidad en el interior de la casa a partir de una serie de columnas verticales de acero negro, envueltas en rattán para recordar la corteza pelada y el centro dorado de los pinos, hacen que el interior remita a un bosque. Otros elementos de la casa están revestidos con tiras de abedul, dobladas y triplicadas para sugerir la variedad de la naturaleza. Las columnas son postes de madera que amparan la escalera y entrada y cuando se pasa a su lado es como si se estuviera rodeado de árboles.

Sin lugar a dudas esta casa es un paradigma de la arquitectura moderna, que a la vez que propone una arquitectura que responde a su tiempo, se integra con el paisaje y cultura de las cuales forma parte.

Fuente: arq.com.mx

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A Peek Inside Chad Oppenheim’s $5.9 Million ‘Bora Bora’ Stunner

Chad Oppenheim’s newest single-family creation—a magnificent two-story abode spanning 7,500 square feet in Miami, Florida—has just hit the market for $5.9 million.

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Situated along the Atlantic, the stunning home features six en-suite bedrooms, eight full baths and two half-baths, and a guest wing, along with two powder rooms and separate staff quarters.

Bora Bora Chad Oppenheim

The main level is dedicated to a formal dining room, bar, and lounge with 180-degree views of the garden; an open-plan entertainment space; reading den; movie lounge; formal living room; media room; and play area, plus a private office with an en-suite bath.

Exclusive marketed by Douglas Elliman’s Alexander Team, Bora Bora encourages seamless indoor-outdoor living; outside rests an outdoor kitchen deck, an ocean-view sun terrace, and a lap pool and hot tub, all surrounded by lush flora. A tropical garden with water flowing through the residence creates a tranquil atmosphere inside and out. A staircase suspended over the gentle stream leads to the second floor, which showcases the master suite—complete with a balcony overlooking the pool—plus an exercise area with a meditation terrace, and several guest rooms.

Constructed out of concrete, the vine-adorned “smart” residence boasts an exterior facade finished in smooth white stucco, with details including impact-resistant windows, storm shutters, stacked stonewall, wooden slats, and oolite stone.

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“The design of the house was inspired by the architecture that sits on water in Bora Bora and the way the water goes around these pavilions and into the house,” said Jacob Abramson, director of operations at Miami Golden, LLC, the project’s developer. “There are multiple levels of outdoor space connecting to the luscious landscape. It’s a tropical experience, like a private resort in the elegant community of Golden Beach, which has become the neighborhood of choice for people seeking a peaceful oasis within easy reach of Miami’s urban lifestyle.”

Oppenheim Bora Bora

Bora Bora is sited in the elegant enclave of Golden Beach, home to a smattering of A-listers includingTommy Hilfiger, Eric Clapton, Bill Gates, Paul Newman, and Ricky Martin.

Fuente: hauteresidence.com

Arquitectura Creativa al rededor del mundo

Diseñar y erigir edificios que sean vistosos, además de habitables y funcionales, es todo un reto para los arquitectos. Al fin y al cabo, la suya es una de las siete bellas artes: parte de su trabajo tiene que ver con la estética. Sin embargo, no todas las construcciones – ya sean viviendas, museos o complejos de oficinas – derrochan el ingenio necesario para engrosar una lista de edificios creativos, prácticos y a la par geniales. 

Las casas cubo

Una de las principales atracciones turísticas de Róterdam (Holanda) son las casas cubo. Diseñadas por el arquitecto holandés Piet Blom en 1984, estas viviendas se sitúan encima de un edificio e inclinadas unos 45 grados. Aunque el arquitecto las diseñó pensando más en lo estético que en lo funcional, algunos ciudadanos han encontrado en ellas un hogar de lo más confortable.

La casa árbol de Auckland

Actualmente está en venta, pero no hace mucho esta casa con forma de cebolla gigante alojaba un restaurante para treinta invitados. Localizado en Auckland (Nueva Zelanda) y en mitad de un bosque de secuoyas, el edificio es obra del estudio de arquitectura Pacific Environments, aunque en su diseño también participaron ingenieros, electricistas e incluso una artista del acordeón. Todo lo que fuera necesario para que la obra fuera televisada como parte de una campaña de ‘marketing’ de la empresa Yellow, las Páginas Amarillas de Nueva Zelanda.

La Casa Torcida

Situada en una de las calles más comerciales de la ciudad polaca de Sopot, la Casa Torcida esconde un centro comercial, un restaurante con terraza, una sala de juegos e incluso la sede de una radio local. Construida en 2004 por los arquitectos Sztoynski y Zaleski, su aspecto gelatinoso la ha convertido en toda una atracción turística.

La Colina Esférica

Esta esfera no solo fue el hogar de un artista austriaco, sino también el territorio del país en el que decidieron instalarse él mismo y 388 personas más. Ideada por el vienés Edwin Lipburger, la casa redonda se autoproclamó micronación en 1984, después de que el gobierno denegara el permiso para construir una vivienda esférica. El artista pasó incluso por la cárcel tras emitir sellos de la República de Kugelmugel (‘Colina Esférica’ en alemán). Hoy en día, la casa forma parte del parque Práter y es una de las curiosidades arquitectónicas de Viena.

La Casa Nautilus

Construida en 2007 y obra del arquitecto mexicano Javier Senosiain, la vivienda tiene forma de concha y se aleja así de las típicas casas de paredes cuadradas y vigas en el techo. Tampoco tiene muebles, más bien los incorpora. Según su creador, el objetivo de la Casa Nautilus es hacer que los habitantes se adapten a la vivienda, como hace un cangrejo cuando encuentra una concha como ésta.

La casa al revés

Empezar la casa por el tejado no es imposible, al menos para el empresario polaco Daniel Czapiewski, creador de la casa al revés de Szymbark (Polonia), que quería plasmar en un edificio su pensamiento sobre la etapa comunista del país.

Finalizada en 2007, el secreto para que la vivienda se mantenga boca abajo está en la disposición de las barras verticales que sujetan la estructura. La casa está situada en el Centro de Educación y Promoción de la ciudad, así que cualquier curioso puede acercarse y visitarla.

Un parque de atracciones para la mente

Más funcional que la casa al revés resulta el edificio de Wonderworks, considerado por muchos estadounidenses un parque de atracciones para la mente. Las curiosidades científicas que aloja se hallan dentro de una especie de museo colocado al revés sobre el auditorio Music Mansion Theater.

El Atomium

Pensado en un primer momento para ser temporal, el pabellón principal de la Exposición Universal de Bruselas de 1958 aún sigue impresionando los turistas. Diseñado por el arquitecto André Waterkeyn, el edificio representa un átomo de hierro ampliado unas 165.000 millones de veces.

Con una altura de 102 metros, el interior de las esferas alberga varias exposiciones, además de un restaurante, y se comunican gracias a las escaleras mecánicas que hay dentro de los tubos.

La Casa Danzante

Con un diseño parecido al de la Casa Torcida, la Casa Danzante destaca en una plaza llena de edificios de los siglos XVIII y XIX en la ciudad de Praga. Las dos viviendas que la forman ocupan una superficie de 5.400 metros cuadrados, y a pesar de lo frágil que pueda parecer una de ellas, en su interior hay tiendas, oficinas, un restaurante y una cafetería. Ahí es nada.

El Arca Solar

Situado en la ciudad japonesa de Gifu, el edificio de la compañía de electrónica Panasonic está compuesto por 5.000 paneles solares que proporcionan energía al museo y el laboratorio que aloja en su interior. Con 315 metros de ancho, la fachada frontal está curvada para aprovechar al máximo la luz solar y de paso asombrar a los miles de turistas que la visitan.

fuente: arq.com.mx

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What $5 Million Can Buy You in Malibu

by Deanna Lawley

Southern California real estate comes with unbeatable amenities like ocean views, constant sun, and near perfect temps. Haute Residence has rounded up five Malibu homes currently on the market for around $5 million.

#1: Pacific Coast Highway

This open-floor plan, beachfront home—now on the market for $4.9 million—is on Corral Canyon Beach boasts wraparound views that can be enjoyed from the living room, dining room, and professional kitchen.

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#2: Serra Road

Now asking $4.9 million, this contemporary Spanish hacienda is located in the gated community of Serra Retreat. Designed by Doug Burdge, AIA, the private retreat sits on 2.6 acres. The four-bedroom home boasts vaulted ceilings, floor-to-floor glass windows, and a tropical outdoor entertainment area, and is accented with ancient Mexican mesquite wood doors.

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#3: Via Venezia

This gated, private Mediterranean-style home sits on an acre of active vineyards and resort-style grounds. The five-bedroom house is spacious, bright, and overlooks the property’s vineyards and Santa Monica mountains. The home comes with a gourmet chef’s kitchen, spacious living area, wine cellar and a backyard ideal for entertaining. This home is listed for $4.5 million

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#4: Latigo Bay View Drive

Surrounded by ocean views, this stunning gated estate—presently listed for $5.2 million—showcases an entertainer’s kitchen and a spacious floor plan, and is drenched in natural light. Its entertainer’s backyard is equipped with an infinity pool, high-end outdoor kitchen and a guesthouse.

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#5: Sweetwater Canyon Drive

With unobstructed views of the Malibu Pier, this peaceful, open, architectural home comes with vaulted ceilings, natural light and manicured landscaping with indoor and outdoor sitting area. The house is listed for $4.5 million.

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Fuente: hauteresidence.com

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